The windows of Selfridges are always a visual feast, but the store has set its sights sky-high with its next project, “The Masters.” This collaborative extravaganza of 12 of the most highly-renowned designers with a “specific master craft or handwriting” will be on display at the flagship store in London, launching this Thursday.
Oscar de la Renta Image: Selfridges
This exciting project will see each designer create a capsule range or exclusive piece for Selfridges and provides an opportunity for them to take over and curate their own window for the beautiful Oxford Street store — and it doesn’t stop there. Vertu, in association with SHOWstudio, has also created some beautiful, if a little haunting, fashion films for each of the masters. Selfridges has even teamed up with Everyman to put a cinema inside the store. The company gave everyone a little sneak peek of the films via Instragram.
Marc Jacobs Image: Selfridges
So, who are the masters?
Well, the list is broken down into a kind of swanky, Reservoir Dogs style lineup declaring Azzedine Alaïa, The Master of Architecture; Dries Van Noten, The Master of the Eclectic; Jean Paul Gaultier, The Master of Expression; Jun Takahashi of Undercover, The Master of Subversion; Marc Jacobs, The Master of Mood; Oscar de la Renta, The Master of Elegance; Paul Smith, The Master of Inspiration; Rick Owens, The Master of the Elements; Roberto Cavalli, The Master of Glamour; Thom Browne, The Master of Showmanship; Stella McCartney, The Master of Modernity and Yohji Yamamoto, The Master of Defiance.
So as lineups go, it’s not a bad one, guaranteed to provoke a reaction for sure with the likes of Gaultier and Browne curating the windows of the store.
The award for most Instagrammable feature definitely goes to the 25-foot statue of Owens that will be exhibited above the store’s canopy as part of the tribute marking the label’s 20 years in existence.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig debuted their lower-priced contemporary range, Marchesa Voyage, last year as an everyday alternative to the drama and high-wattage glamour you’ll find in their main line. This year, Marchesa Voyage reaches a milestone in its existence, snagging its first-ever capsule collaboration with ShopStyle on a six-piece range that is due out this fall.
This collection is a big step for the brand with co-designer Craig noting, “We’ve done a few different collaborations for hair products and nail enamel and beauty tools, but not so much clothing.” The line will be available at ShopStyle starting in September and consists of two blouses, a dress, trousers, an embroidered jacket and a scarf.
In the meantime, ShopStyle is looking forward to riding the collab train all the way to the bank. Its Executive Vice President, Melissa Davis says that the site is already in talks with another mystery brand on a gift collection for the forthcoming holiday season. Plus, she mentioned that ShopStyle may have even more collaborations up its sleeves for the future, so stay tuned.
The collection ain’t cheap, but prices aren’t exorbitant, either. Prepare to shill out between $140 and $595 on pieces from the range. You can get your hands on the goods come September 9.
Think you’ll be checking out the collab?
Irina Shayk has another Vogue cover under her belt. In case you’ve stopped counting, it’s her fifth total since her Vogue debut last November. She has covered Vogue Spain three separate times alone. Her last appearance was just three months ago, when she shared the cover with her boyfriend, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Image Credit: vogue.es via the tfs forums
Even if she’s not the most surprising or refreshing cover model choice, the majority of our forum members enjoyed this cover, which was shot by Paola Kudacki. A lot of them shared conflicted feelings, though.
“Best September cover so far this year,” wrote Bruce7Lee. But he also added, “The styling is awful though.”
TaylorBinque liked the cover, but had issues with Irina’s face. “Part of me is like ‘oh this is very nice.’ But the other one says ‘Amm, something is wrong with this cover. Maybe her face [or] something.’ I think it’s a nice cover trying to achieve that iconic wow factor but maybe it’s her expression that’s not working,” he posted.
No complaints came from Oxymore. “Even if I don’t like when a model is on the cover of the same magazine several times the same year, I like this cover. I think it’s chic, the colors are great, the ‘G’ is nice. It’s probably the best September cover so far. Irina is doing it great this year!” she declared.
“It’s a pretty good cover but I still don’t understand why they’re putting her on the cover yet again when they have so many better options out there (and yea, I know, it’s because of her bf),” admitted lelaid.
Irina might be scoring all these covers because of her famous boyfriend, but she might also just be a popular choice because she’s a total babe who photographs well. Whatever the reason, this cover is pretty interesting. What are your sentiments on it? Share in the comments section below or join the discussion on the forums.
Forbes released its annual report on the industry’s highest-paid models and, not surprisingly, Gisele Bündchen tops the list having reportedly earned $47 million this year — $5 million more than she is said to have made in 2013. Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima round out the top three with $8 million a piece.
But to give you an idea of just how well-paid Gisele is, think about this: Her earnings are more than the top six models on the list combined. That means Liu Wen, Doutzen, Kate Upton, Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr and Adriana could put their money into a pool and Gisele would still have $3 million more than them. $3 million happens to be what Joan Smalls, Daria Werbowy, Lindsey Wixson, Erin Heatherton, Erin Wasson and Candice Swanepoel each made this year.
We always expect Gisele to snag Forbes‘ top spot — that’s never a shock. But there were a few unexpected surprises on this list. One is that Jourdan Dunn makes about half a million more than the ever present Cara Delevingne. Kate Upton is a newcomer to the list, raking in $7 million this year. Karlie Kloss, Jourdan, Anja Rubik and Cara are also newbies (to the list, that is), who have clearly been busting their butts these past months. We have a feeling this isn’t the last time we’ll see these girls make it on Forbes.
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Just a week after her death, The Museum at FIT announced plans for an exhibit on Lauren Bacall, focusing on her inimitable style. Next spring, the museum will showcase the star’s iconic fashion, thanks to the 700 or so looks she donated to FIT while she was alive. Noted for blending practical, masculine pieces with more glamorous, feminine items, Bacall’s style proved to be timeless and still relevant to fashion today. No doubt this show will be an illustration of that fact.
Lauren reportedly only agreed to do the project if the exhibit was managed tastefully, “as long as it’s high-quality — Diana Vreeland style,” Valerie Steele, museum director, told The Hollywood Reporter.
The exhibit plans to focus on the late actress’ outfits from the 50s and the 60s, particularly those crafted by five specific designers, one being the father of American high fashion, Norman Norell, a friend of the late actress. You’ll also find pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Ungaro, Pierre Cardin and Marc Bohan for Christian Dior.
We don’t know when the show will launch, but we will be keeping our ears open for a date.
Photo: Lindy Goodwin/ We Are Kindred
Summer and holidays tend to go hand-in-hand, so it’s perfect that We Are Kindred‘s new Summer 2014 collection, dubbed Dreaming of Amalfi, embodies travel and adventure with its dreamy prints and flowing pieces. Think florals, lightweight fabrics and crochet detailing in a feminine colourway of crisp whites, soft pinks, blues and lilacs.
Photo: Lindy Goodwin/ We Are Kindred
With the cute crops, wrap playsuits, simple camis, sweet midi skirts and elegant maxi dresses, the range definitely lends itself to the more girlie type. But with the inspiration of romance and long summer days, the pieces are perfect for the free-spirited soul who doesn’t mind a bit of stylish relaxation.
Photo: Lindy Goodwin/ We Are Kindred
“I can imagine holidaymakers roaming the streets of Capri and Positano wearing We Are Kindred and feeling beautiful and free,” says Co-Founder and Director of the label, Lizzie Renkert. But even if you’re not planning a trip to Italy anytime soon, you can play pretend with the collection dropping in-store this September.